And that's a wrap - the IYC 2020 Northern California Women's Sailing Seminar was a success!
Women’s Sailing Seminar weekend featured 3 days of classes and other interactive events tailored to suit every level of sailing experience. Now in its 28th year, Women’s Sailing Seminar featured volunteer women expert sailing instructors, including: Nathalie Criou - renowned “Race to Alaska” skipper at Nathalie Criou Racing, and Behan Gifford - sailing celebrity, coach and author at Sailing Totem.
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Women's Sailing Seminar 2020 agenda
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7 - 8:30pm
Nathalie Criou &
Sandy Andersen Wertanen
Have a need for speed? Join everyday and next-level sailing athletes for an evening of storytelling and inspiration. Learn how you can increase your time on the water, build skills and reach your goals as a competitive sailor.
Let’s start the day by reviewing our schedule together - welcome to WSS weekend!
8:00am - 8:55am
Yoga for Sailors
Join us for gentle exercises designed to maintain strength, flexibility and sailing fitness in key muscle groups. The ideal way to prepare you for a day of sailing and WSS!
9:00am - 10:25am
Dawn Chesney & Lauren Eisele.
It isn't the "front and back of the boat"! A summary of important nautical terms (and a little history) for beginner sailors.
10:30am - 11:55am
Essential Knots and Situational Awareness
Alice Watts & Laura Parent
Practical knots and line-handling skills for beginner and intermediate sailors.
12:00pm - 12:55pm
Learn techniques and creative skills for capturing the beauty and dynamism of sailing and water scenes.
1:00pm - 2:25pm
Christine Weaver & Marianne Armand
How to maneuver around other boats, prepare for when things go wrong--and plan an enjoyable daysail on San Francisco Bay.
2:30pm - 3:55pm
Nathalie Criou & Emily Zugnoni
Learn the essential techniques and strategies to performance sailing. Have the skills and mindset to win!
Win exciting prizes, including sailing lessons, experiences and holiday gifts! Buy your raffle tickets up until 3pm PT on Saturday at: iyc.org/raffle
What’s in store? Let’s review our schedule and get ready for Day 2!
8:00am - 8:55am
Yoga for Sailors
Gentle exercises for maintaining strength, flexibility and sailing fitness in key muscle groups.
9:15am - 9:55am
Keynote: Family Cruising Around the World
Behan Gifford, Sailing Totem (sailingtotem.com)
Behan of Sailing Totem will share an uplifting session on what it takes to make the change to full-time cruising - all while managing family and a professional career!
10:00am - 11:25am
Panel: Dress for Success / Destinations on San Francisco Bay
Amanda Webber & Kira Maixner
Are you ready to play on the bay? Stay warm and look great with our team's advice on making sure you have the right gear for all weather conditions.
11:25pm - 11:55am
Noon - 1:25pm
Panel: From Crew to Captain
Zara Haimo, Maddie Richards, Lauren Eisele, Janet Frankel & Margaret Spencer
Want to attain experience and perhaps even get licensed? Learn from our panel, who have made sailing a big part of their lives - for both business and pleasure!
1:30pm - 2:55pm
Panel: International Liveaboards in Changing Times
Lindsay Dreibelbis, Behan Gifford, Nancy Hird, Vandy Shrader & Virginia Gleser
Enjoy lunch while learning about living on the water during a particularly turbulent year! From hurricanes and COVID, we've faced - and overcome - the challenges that have blown our way.
Closing remarks and gratitude
Thank you for making WSS 2020 a success!
Women's Sailing Seminar microfleece jacket
Show your support for Women's Sailing Seminar! For cool-to-cold weather, this lightweight microfleece jacket delivers warmth without unnecessary bulk. Perfect alone or layered, it's a great value and it features clear coil zippers with dyed-to-match chain stitching and taping. An anti-pill finish helps preserve a clean appearance.
- 4.6-ounce, 100% polyester microfleece
- Non-zippered front pockets
- Open cuffs and hem
Catch up on our storytelling nights
Women's Storytelling Night #1
Monday, Sept 18
Theme: "Mother Nature"
Featuring storytellers: Linda Newland, Behan Gifford, Julie Lucchesi, Kira Maixner, Yosh Han
Women's Storytelling Night #2
Monday, Oct. 19 @ 7pm
Theme: "The Lighter Side"
Featuring storytellers: Lauren Knoebel, Zara Haimo, Joanne Bonds, Lindsay Dreilbas, Heidi Benson Stagg
Meet our Founder: Linda Newland
Linda Newland joins the 28th annual IYC Women's Sailing Seminar as a founder, speaker, committee member and storyteller.
In our first of two WSS 2020 storytelling sessions, Linda shared her experience skippering from Hawai'i to San Francisco - including false starts, battles against big seas and a budding friendship between two very adventurous female sailors.
About the Women's Sailing Seminar
The Annual Women’s Sailing Seminar is organized and taught by women for women.
It started more than 25 years ago by Mary Quigley and Linda Newland who thought: “We need a workshop where women can learn about sailing from other women!”
The success of the seminar over the decades, empowering hundreds of women to enjoy the most fabulous sport of all, speaks for itself. Come join our incredible community of women sailors.